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Iowa City, IA, 52245


Objects and Objections: A surrealist carving party


Objects and Objections: A surrealist carving party


Objects and Objections: A surrealist carving party


Instructor: Rachel Kauff

Date/time:  Saturdays July 29, Aug 5, and Sunday Aug 6, 4-7pm

Cost: $125

Description: In the spirit of Surrealism which sought to transform images and objects in such a way that would “crack the veneer of civilized society,” in this workshop we will approach the transformation of the everyday object as a radical strategy toward creating art works and items of mischief alike. In part one of this 3-session workshop, we will view and discuss artist examples and generate ideas through drawing exercises. The second part of the workshop will focus on learning to find (and alter) form through basic carving skills, working mainly in wood and/or soap. Participants will learn to carve with basic hand tools, such as saws, rasps, and files, as well as some finishing techniques.

Price includes the cost of most consumable material, as well as one tool (a 4-in-one hand rasp).

**Please register before July 18th to ensure that we can get all materials + tools needed for the workshop!!

Prerequisite/skill level: beginning (this workshop is for those recklessly enamoured and hopelessly afraid of tools alike)

Age group: 18+

Instructor Bio: Rachel Kauff is an artist working in printmaking and sculpture to make images and objects that describe relationships between land, body, objects, and history.. She received her BFA in printmaking from Grand Valley State University, and completed her MFA in printmaking and sculpture at the University of Iowa. She trained in artist-book publishing as an intern-in-residence at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and learned to work in wood through working for sculptor and designer Josh Vogel.  Kauff has been the recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship and the Gordon Arts Fellowship, and has been awarded residencies at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.


photo credit:  Mark Tade

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ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT OPTION: If you prefer to register for this workshop with alternative payment methods (cash or check), please email us at with your name, contact info and workshop you are specifically interested in.  Alternative payment must be made in person at our open studio hours: Thursdays 4-8pm and Saturdays 12-4pm at 120 N. Dubuque St. Please note that we will not be able to guarantee a spot unless payment is made.  Thanks!

workshop cancellation/refund policy: If the IC Press Co-op cancels a workshop for any reason, students enrolled in the workshop are entitled to a full refund or may transfer the full tuition to another workshop.

If a student needs to cancel their enrollment in a workshop, they may do so up to 3 days (72 hours) before the workshop is scheduled to begin*. Students can request a full refund minus a $10 administrative fee or they may transfer the full amount credited to any upcoming workshop.

Students wishing to cancel after the 3-day cut-off are not eligible for a refund or transfer of funds.

*Some workshops may have earlier registration/cancellation deadlines, which will be noted in the workshop description.